For arguments sake, let's say that there are two categories as far as 'forgotten' music goes. Category A, goes along the lines of, say, a no.38 hit; an appearance on the Old Grey Whistle Test; a troubled lead singer that did the soundtrack to that abysmal nineties film; an acclaimed album pushed its way into top 100 lists across the blogosphere. Category B, on the other hand, is the one to separate the knobbly-kneed cult figures from the true definition of forgotten; the band in question have to have recorded one album (without being told by the record company they were doing so) which now goes for one and a half grand on eBay. If that's the basis for the distinction, then sixties girl group Honey Ltd. fall into the latter category quite comfortably.

It's a familiar enough yarn - the promising, fresh-faced teens are taken under the wing of a mentor who recognises the potential (singer-songwriter-producer-psychedelic cowboy Lee Hazlewood in this case), they get caught up in a whirlwind of publicity, they record a poorly selling album and they disintegrate. But sweeping aside the mythology and overlooking the band's short (often depressing) story, are there some real forgotten classics on the album?

Getting it out of the way first - Honey Ltd: The Complete LHI Recordings isn't breaking barriers decades after its original release like the Smile Sessions came damn close to in 2011. There's no real flow, and no defining concept to be found (aside from psychedelia, and perhaps a general feeling of anti-war). The ill-fated album was recorded by the girls thinking they were just in the studio to record a bunch of singles - the 3 and a half minute 'Silk 'n' Honey' is the longest track on here.

It's also little disappointing to ponder what some of the songs could have been, 'Tomorrow Your Heart' demonstrating a prime example. The harmonies in the intro are hypnotic almost to the point of unsettling, and then it suddenly blossoms for the chorus, into a triumphant proto-riot grrl shout. There's room for the song to evolve, and the anticipation is right there, but it just ends with a lazy fade-out.

Lyrically, The Complete Recordings toes the line between heart wrenching and plastic paisley, particularly on the likes of 'Warrior' - "His country has called him in a time of desperate need/we must kill more people, strong men are what we need." David Byrne once said that "the better the singer's voice, the harder it is to believe what they're saying." Perhaps Honey Ltd were just too good for subjects as touchy as the Vietnam war.

But as easy as it is to criticise such a release, it's impossible to overlook the beauty of the songs. The vocals in 'I've got your Man' have a sly allure, casually sifting between honeyed and wild, while an acoustic guitar hungrily thrashes in the background. 'For Your Mind' has a wonderful, swaggering Motown rhythm, and album highlight 'Silk 'n' Honey' practically oozes amber and drips with harmony. Although the band were capable of playing instruments, prolific session musician outfit The Wrecking Crew make up the instrumentation on the album side of the recordings. The musicians are a perfect fit for the group, particularly the wandering grooves of bassist Carol Kaye. Rock standard 'Louie Louie' makes an appearance too, and it gets a slow burning funk treatment from the group. 'Eli's Coming' and 'Silver Needles and Golden Threads' mark a slightly more sharp and perhaps less dated production sound from prolific TV theme writer Mike Post, but in all cases, the efforts of the girl's songwriting shine through like their angelic vocal melodies.

Comparisons of the Ronettes and the Supremes are bound to crop up in the wake of this release, but to be brutally honest, it's a bit of an insult to state such claims. Honey Ltd were excellent songwriters in their own right, and not the showgirl dolls that their record company mistook them for towards the end of the band's life. Honey Ltd: The Complete LHI Recordings is a fantastic pop record, perhaps the best re-release we can expect this year, and maybe now in more enlightened times we can appreciate what the group managed to achieve.